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Charleston Southern beats Radford 81-74

Charleston Southern beats Radford 81-74

RADFORD, Va. (AP) Saah Nimley finished with 20 points, 11 assists and four steals, and Mathiang Muo added 15 points and 15 rebounds to lift Charleston Southern over Radford 81-74 Saturday in the Big South Conference opener for both teams.

Jeremy Sexton added 14 points, and Allie Fullah and Arlon Harper added 10 apiece for Charleston Southern (6-6).

Trailing 40-32 at halftime, Radford fought back, tying the game at 57 behind Ya Ya Anderson's 3-pointer with 11 minutes remaining.

Charleston Southern answered with three consecutive 3s - two from Muo and one from Sexton to take a 66-57 lead with 9:56 left to play.

After R.J. Price's 3-pointer cut the Highlanders' deficit to three, 75-72 with 1:02 remaining, Nimley assisted Fullah for a layup, and then Nimley made four-straight free throws to seal the victory.

Price scored 19 points, and Javonte Green added 16 points and 13 boards for Radford (6-9).

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Capitals listed as underdogs in their first Stanley Cup since 1998

Capitals listed as underdogs in their first Stanley Cup since 1998

The odds have never gone the way of the Washington Capitals.

After years of being the common pick to finally break through and win the Stanley Cup, this was most definitely not the year.

Yet, here we are with the Capitals as one of the final two teams standing.

For their upcoming Stanley Cup Final, the Caps are the underdogs against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.  The opening line from OddsShark has the Golden Knights as -135 money line favorites to win the Stanley Cup. The Capitals were listed as +115 underdogs.

Vegas (the betting entity, not the team) has not exactly been the most reliable this year though. After all, the Golden Knights were 100/1 odds to win the whole thing. Now they are four games away.

In their past two series, Washington was not the favorites. The Capitals have not been favorites since the First Round against the Columbus Blue Jackets.

For years in the Alex Ovechkin era, they have been the favorites to not only go on to play for the Stanley Cup but winning it.

In 2018 they started the season tied for the fifth best odds to win the Cup (14/1), one of their lowest opening marks in the past decade. For the full perspective, Washington was tied with the Toronto Maple Leafs and behind the Dallas Stars at the start of the season.

Without question this underdog role has fit them quite well, they shouldn’t want anything to change heading into the biggest postseason series in 20 years for Washington D.C.

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

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Wizards Tipoff podcast: Pre-draft workouts begin; Michigan's Moe Wagner goes 1-on-1

On the latest episode of the Wizards Tipoff podcast presented by Greenberg and Bederman, Chris Miller caught up with Michigan star Moe Wagner after his workout with the Wizards.

Chris and Chase Hughes also gave their impressions of the first prospects to come in for pre-draft workouts, including which guys are most likely to be Wizards. One of those prospects is a point guard and a likely first round pick. Chase and Chris explain why that's not a crazy idea, even considering the presence of John Wall on their roster.

You can listen to the episode right here:

You can download the podcast on Apple Podcasts right here and on Google Play. If you like the show please tell your friends!